Because of the Affordable Care Act, Minnesotans who have insurance are granted more choices and stronger coverage than ever before. Additionally, Minnesotans who don’t have insurance or have, but are not satisfied with it, can now receive new rights, protections and benefits.
Things you should know:
- The bill brings an end to discrimination for pre-existing conditions.
- ObamaCare covers preventive services with no deductible or co-pay.
- The ACA removes lifetime limits on health benefits.
- ObamaCare brings new coverage options for young adults.
The official ObamaCare enrollment period ended on March 31, 2014. Important Notice: Its urgent, to avoid future fines and penalties, to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act.
Minnesota Individuals & Families: Find out the most cost efficient healthcare insurance for you.
The new online Health Insurance Marketplace provides individuals, families and small businesses who are looking for a better deal a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets.
The health care law promotes better health by increasing support for community health centers and investing in the primary care workforce.
The health care law increases the funding available to community health centers nationwide to:
- Support ongoing health center operations.
- Establish new health center sites.
- Expand services.
- Support major capital improvement projects.
- Help enroll uninsured Americans in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Hire more workers.
To check your options you can visit your state’s Marketplace. For Minnesota it is MNsure.org
- You can start by getting a quote or you can go right ahead to the registration process.
- Price quotes will reflect any lower costs you may be eligible for based on your income and household size.
- To get a premium estimate or quote in your Marketplace visit the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange.
What if I can’t afford coverage?
You may qualify for MA or MinnesotaCare, or for a tax credit and payment assistance to lower your cost.
Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare
Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare are health care programs for low-income residents (children and parents, adults without children, people with disabilities and seniors) who fall within the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP).
If you qualify for MA or MinnesotaCare, you will be able to get medical services at little cost to you.
Medical Assistance does not have a premium (monthly fee). Members do have small co-pays for some services, usually $1 – $3. This is called cost sharing.
MinnesotaCare does have a premium (monthly fee), based on your income, and small co-pays.
- Individuals with annual incomes of up to $15,282 qualify for MA
- All children and pregnant women up to 275 % of the federal poverty level are eligible for MA
- Individuals with annual incomes of $15,282 to $22,980 qualify for MinnesotaCare.
You can find more information about cost sharing and what MHCP covers by visiting MNSure.
Individuals with annual incomes of $22,981 to $45,960 qualify for tax credits that can be used immediately to lower your premiums.
The amount of tax credit available to individuals and families depends on modified adjusted gross income, age and geographic area. * For most taxpayers, the household Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is the same as Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) which can be found on Line 4 on a Form 1040EZ, Line 21 on a Form 1040A, or Line 37 on a Form 1040.
Premium assistance is calculated based on where an individual’s annual income falls on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) table.
If you qualify for the tax credit, you can choose:
- In advance to reduce your health care plan costs each month (You can begin receiving the tax credit when your coverage becomes effective).
- Apply for it when you file your federal tax return.
You may also qualify for extra savings through cost-sharing assistance. This help reduces the amount you pay of put-of-pocket costs.
The federal government provides this assistance usually to:
- Individuals earning up to $28,725
- Families of 4 earning up to $58,875
The Tax Penalty
If someone can afford health insurance and decides not to have coverage in 2014, they may have to pay a fee also known as Tax Penalty. The penalty can be any of the options explained below (whichever is higher):
- 1% of your yearly household income.
- $95 per person for the year ($47.50 per child under 18).
*This fee increases every year.
*If you’re uninsured for less than 3 months, you don’t have a make a payment.
To avoid the fee you need insurance that qualifies as Minimum Essential Coverage.
You’re considered covered and don’t have to pay a penalty if you have any of the following:
- A Marketplace plan.
- An individual insurance plan.
- Any employer plan with or without “grandfathered” status.
- The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- Veteran health care programs.
- Peace Corps Volunteer plans.
Some people are exempted from the fee.
- Individuals and families below a certain income
- People who cannot afford the coverage that is available
- Individuals who have been uninsured for less than three months
- Members of American Indian tribes
- People who do not obtain coverage because of religious objection
To apply for an exemption, you have two options:
- through MNsure via an interface with the federal system (once it is available)
- through the IRS when you file your 2014 taxes
To explore health insurance options access the Marketplace by visiting MNsure.org